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Ave Thomas, 24, from Birmingham has visited A&E several times due to severe pain from his ongoing battle with cancer.

Mr Thomas’ latest visit took place on August 23 where he was taken to George Eliot Hospital in Coleshill.

It was here where Mr Thomas said that he saw evidence of a second wave with “my own eyes, four COVID-19 cases literally 10 metres away from me.”

The 24-year-old said: “They were sectioned off but because it’s a small hospital they don’t have separate areas for them, I’m assuming they have been overwhelmed again.

“But the fact people are going out without masks without distancing in big groups?

“This is having such an effect, there’s already such a spike.”

He also told Birmingham Live: “I want people to be aware, to be more careful, realise there is still a pandemic happening.”

The warning comes as the R rate rose above 1 in every region of England last week, according to the latest government figures.

Authorities are now actively preparing for a potential second wave of coronavirus, with a leaked cabinet office document stating that as many as 85,000 people could die in the UK before March 2021.


12:15pm update: Malicious coughing ‘banned’ in schools

Pupils risk being excluded for “malicious coughing” or making “inappropriate” jokes about the COVID-19 pandemic, some schools have warned.

The new behavioural guidelines have been issued to parents as many schools prepare to welcome children back into their classrooms in England this week.

It comes as the Department for Education (DfE) said teachers could see an increase in bad behaviour due to pupils’ lack of regular attendance and “classroom discipline” during the pandemic.

11:30am update: South Korea imposes new lockdown measures 

South Korea has decided to restrict the operation of restaurants and coffee shops with churches, nightclubs and most public schools having already closed.

The decision came after earlier restrictions on movement failed to prevent a wave of COVID-19 clusters erupting at churches, offices, nursing homes and medical facilities.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 238 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, mostly in Seoul and surrounding regions, the 18th day of triple-digit rises in daily infections.

11am update: Teachers raise concerns ahead of schools reopening this week in England

Almost nine in 10 teachers believe staying socially distant from both pupils and other staff will not be achievable when schools reopen this week in England, according to a survey.

A poll of nearly 6,000 school staff in England found that 86 percent of respondents said minimising contact between pupils will not be possible, while two thirds (66 percent) fear guidance to avoid busy corridors, entrances and exits is unrealistic.

The wide-ranging survey by TES also found than more than a quarter of staff (28 percent) may not comply with the test and trace programme should there be a COVID-19 outbreak at their school.

10am update: Calls to delay exams next year because of COVID-19

Labour has called for next year’s A-level and GCSE exams in England to be pushed back in order to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on pupils.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said pupils entering Year 11 and 13 who have lost up to six months of teaching time face “a mountain to climb” unless the timetable is changed.

Ms Green said exams due next May need to be delayed until June or July to facilitate extra teaching time.

The shadow education secretary said: “Pupils across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare for May exams unless the Government steps in.”

9am update: Zante flight with COVID-19 cases full of ‘Covididiots’

A flight from the Greek island of Zante on which almost 200 passengers were told to self-isolate after Coronavirus cases were confirmed was “full of selfish ‘covidiots’ and an inept crew”, a traveller has said.

There are 16 cases of COVID-19 linked to people who took Tui flight 6215 to Cardiff on August 25, and officials know that seven of those cases were infectious or potentially infectious whilst on the flight, according to Dr Gwen Lowe, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales.

She said there have been about 30 cases in Wales in the last week that have come back from Zante, confirmed in people who were on different flights and staying in different locations.

Stephanie Whitfield was on the Tui flight to Cardiff and described how passengers were not wearing masks correctly and just seemed to “disregard the rules”.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Many passengers didn’t seem to know how to wear the masks correctly or they seemed to just disregard the rules really.”

8am update: India cases still at a record high after five days

India reported 78,512 new novel coronavirus infections today, slightly fewer than its record set the previous day when it posted the biggest, single-day tally of infections of any country in the pandemic.

On Sunday, India’s total of 78,761 new cases exceeded the previous record of 77,299 in the United States on July 16.

India, the world’s second-most populous country, has been posting the highest single-day caseload in the world every day since Aug. 7, exceeding the tallies of both the United States and Brazil.

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